Welcome to NowSecure’s weekly round-up of mobile security news that matters, in no particular order – the #MobSec5.
- Google Nexus devices received their March 2016 security update this week, which includes patches for 19 vulnerabilities (seven of critical severity, nine of high severity, and two of moderate severity). You can review details of the update in the Nexus Security Bulletin – March 2016.
- BlackBerry also released a security update this week for its devices that use the Android operating system. BlackBerry’s March 2016 security bulletin includes patches for twelve vulnerabilities, all of them listed in Google’s Nexus Security Bulletin – March 2016.
- On Wednesday Google announced that the next incarnation of the Android operating system, succeeding Android Marshmallow, is available for download as a developer-only preview. Developers can test Android N (a working title as Google has not announced the official name) on the official Android emulator and Nexus 6, Nexus 5x, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices. In a blog post, Google Senior Vice President Hiroshi Lockheimer stated that the final version of Android N will be released to device makers this summer.
- Pangu Team announced an update to Pangu9 this week that it claims can jailbreak iOS 9.1 (i.e., achieve root access to the iOS file system and manager). The current release of iOS is 9.2.1. Apple has also made iOS 9.3 beta 6 available via the Apple Developer Program.
- A group of security researchers recently launched the Distributed Weakness Filing (DWF) Number Authority Project in an attempt to help security researchers receive identifiers for discovered vulnerabilities more quickly and enable organizations to patch vulnerabilities sooner. The project “”¦provide[s] identifying numbers for security vulnerabilities that is similar in concept to the CVE project.” NowSecure Director of Research David Weinstein discussed some challenges of the CVE issuance process in a blog post last year.
What mobile security news items are you interested in this week? Leave a comment below.